By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Mr. Elton used to be previously a flourishing dealer, or, in nation word, a service provider, within the village of ———. within the early a part of his existence he undesirable been winning in company; and having a due element of that, suggest delight that's gratified via pecuniary superiority, he was once cautious to seem relatively as wealthy as he was once. whilst he used to be on the best of fortune's wheel, a few of his prying neighbours shrewdly suspected, that the express of his wealth used to be relatively out of share to the truth; and their facet glances and prophetic whispers betrayed their contempt of the offensive airs of the purse-proud man.
The humans within the village of ——— have been easy of their conduct, and reasonably priced of their modes of existence; and Mr. Elton's occasional indulgence in a showy piece of furnishings, or a pricey article of costume for himself or for his spouse, attracted observe, and, we worry, occasionally provoked envy, even from those that have been wiser and lots more and plenty greater than he used to be. So inconsistent are men—and ladies too—that they typically envy a demonstrate of which they realy despise, and loudly condemn the reason.
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